Argentina's Ex-President Kirchner Dead at 60

Death leaves current president Cristina Fernandez a widow
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2010 9:08 AM CDT
Argentina's Ex-President Kirchner Dead at 60
In this June 18, 2008 file photo, Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her husband former president Nestor Kirchner wave to supporters at a rally in Buenos Aires.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Di Baia, File)

Nestor Kirchner, Argentina's former and probable future president, and husband of current President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has died today of a heart attack. He was 60. Kirchner, widely expected to run for the presidency next year, had undergone two heart procedures earlier this year, reports Reuters. Kirchner was his wife's closest adviser and a political force of nature in Argentina, having been the architect of his country's emergence from economic crisis during his 2003-2007 tenure.

"A great patriot has died," said a ruling party congressman, according to the AP. "This will leave a huge hole in Argentine politics. We will have to follow his example. Argentina has lost one of its greatest men." (Read more Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner stories.)

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